About Hotels in Chamonix
There is a vast range of hotel accommodation available in Chamonix to suit all budgets and tastes. Whether you are looking for luxury 5 star hotels with views of Mt Blanc, cheaper options close to all the bars and nightlife, or family friendly establishments close to the ski lifts, there is a hotel in Chamonix for you.
The majority of hotels are located in and around Chamonix town centre though there are a few nice choices in Les Praz, Argentière and Les Houches. So whether you’re in town for a ski weekend or planning a longer ski holiday, we have reviewed the best options to help you find the best hotel for your holiday requirements. We also have compiled a complete listing of Chamonix hotels and a guide to the areas that make up the Chamonix valley to point you in the right direction.
Luxury Chamonix hotels
Chamonix's premier luxury hotel is the Relais & Châteaux - Le Hameau Albert 1er, one of only three 5 Star hotels in the valley. France only introduced the 5 Star classification in 2009 so accommodation of this type is a rarity in a ski resort. Located just on the edge of town, this historical hotel was built in 1903 by Joseph Carrier and is now a super-stylish and serene place to stay with exceptional facilities on site including a luxury spa and a two Michelin-starred restaurant.
Even more established is the 4 Star Grand Hôtel des Alpes, built in 1840 and located in the centre of Chamonix.. Completely refurbished in 2004, this elegant hotel has maintained its traditional feel and many of the rooms have spectacular views of Mont Blanc and the Brevent mountain range.
Outside Chamonix town the Jeu de Paume in Le Lavancher. The Jeu de Paume has a lovely, tranquil, mountain-lodge feel and is home to one of the best restaurants in the Chamonix valley headed up by Chef Eric de Ganck. With a swimming pool, sauna and wonderful terrace you can relax and enjoy the peace and calm of this luxury hotel.
Central Chamonix hotel accommodation offering easy access to shopping, bars and nightlife
If part of the reason you chose Chamonix as your ski holiday destination is for its lively après ski, then you want to be close to the action. One of Chamonix's most popular après ski venues is the famous Chambre Neuf bar which is part of the 3 Star Hôtel Gustavia. This Scandinavian-run hotel was renovated in 2005 and has a relaxed atmosphere, fun and friendly staff, and two restaurants on site.
A slightly quieter and more upmarket option is the Le Faucigny, another good mid-budget hotel located in the centre of Chamonix. Totally revamped in 2011, the hotel has 28 rooms and a new spa for soothing those aching muscles after a hard day’s skiing.
Although Le Vert hotel is a kilometre out of town, it is considered to be one of Chamonix’s premier social hubs. A hip and affordable hotel, Le Vert has simple, well equipped rooms and even an in-house pro shop where you can hire all the latest ski, snowboard and biking equipment. An ideal hotel for those with a passion for the mountains, Le Vert attracts a cool crowd who come to hang out, watch action sports videos on the big screen, and dance to DJ sets late into the evening.
Hotel Accommodation close to the Chamonix Pistes
If getting up and out onto the legendary Chamonix ski slopes is your priority, then finding a hotel within walking distance of the valley's ski lifts is a must.
The Brevent ski area offers some of the most easily accessible beginner/intermediate skiing in the Chamonix valley. Technically an apart-hotel (apartments offering hotel services) the 4 Star Balcons du Savoy is actually situated right on the beginner pistes at the foot of the Brévent ski area and as such, offers some of the only ski-in ski-out accommodation in Chamonix. If you’ve still got any energy left at the end of the day, the hotel has numerous other facilities for activity lovers including a fitness room, games room and a heated indoor swimming pool complete with spectacular mountain views.
On the other side of the Savoy pistes, Chamonix’s own Club Med resort also offers ski-in ski-out hotel accommodation but with the added benefit of doing so on all-inclusive package basis if value for money is also a priority.
Heading up the valley, the Hotel Les Lanchers provides accommodation near to the Flégère lift in Les Praz. The 3 Star Hôtel Les Lanchers has 19 bedrooms in total, all with ensuite facilities and like the Eden, can be booked on a half board basis.
Perhaps the most famous of all the ski areas in the Chamonix valley are the pistes of the Grands Montets and if you want to be as close as possible to some of the most challenging skiing in Europe, then booking accommodation at either the Hôtel Le Montana would be a wise choice. Le Montana is a family-style inn with a warm and comfortable feel, situated just 100 metres from the base of the lift.
If you’re looking for wide open terrain and somewhere that’s a good option on bad visiblity days, then the skiing in Les Houches is ideal. Les Campanules Chalet Hotel provides shuttle buses throughout the day, taking you from your door to the pistes, so although it is not located on the pistes of Les Houches itself you can be there in comfort in no time and enjoy some fantastic skiing.
Family friendly Chamonix hotels
Taking the family on a ski holiday can be hard work so finding a good family-friendly hotel is essential to making life that little bit easier. Set in the former Savoy Hotel on the edge of Chamonix town and adjacent to the Savoy beginners slope is the all inclusive Club Med resort offering an array of facilities for young ones and teenagers alike, from its Baby Club Med to a lovely heated outdoor swimming pool.
Slightly further out of town in a quiet neighbourhood, the modern wooden Hermitage chalet-hotel has friendly owners, nice gardens for the children to play in, plenty of games, and a cinema room.
If you've decided to holiday in Les Houches and take advantage of its gentle, relaxed skiing, then the Les Hauts de Chavants Residence, which is strictly speaking an aparthotel, is the place to go. Loctaed right on the pistes with a 'Jardin des Neiges' for children, a heated indoor swimming pool and a lounge with an open fire it is perfect for children and families.
Chamonix hotels that are good for groups
Finding hotels to accommodate large groups isn't always that easy, especially in a busy ski resort where hotels tend to be smaller and more individual. Close to the central bus station, from which you can catch buses to all ski areas in the valley, is the Les Aiglons hotel. Recent renovations have softened the corporate feel and given it a more contemporary touch and it also benefits from an outdoor pool and spa. Run by the same chain as Les Aiglons, Le Morgane offers small but elegant and modern rooms, a hotel spa and swimming pool, and is dedicated to being as environmentally sustainable as possible.
Slightly simpler rooms are on offer at the Hôtel Prieuré, a large Savoyard-style chalet building on Rue Joseph Vallot and at its sister hotel, the Hôtel Croix-Blanche in the centre of town. The Croix-Blanche also has a nice terrace for après ski at its L'M brasserie which serves Savoyard specialities.
Budget hotels - better than hostel accommodation without breaking the bank
Chamonix offers a reasonably good choice of cheap hotels for those travelling on a budget and the centrally located Les Cretes Blanches is one of these. Tucked away on a sidestreet and thus not too noisy, this 3 star hotel has simply styled rooms for those with lower accommodation budgets. Overlooking the Place du Triangle de l'Amitié and the main church is the Hôtel Le Chamonix: another option for those looking for hotel accommodation in the centre of Chamonix which is simple, clean and good value for money.
Just on the edge of Chamonix town centre is the British-operator run Hotel BDN (Boule de Neige) which offers a good standard of ski accommodation, easy access to the Brévent lift, and has a sports bar and restaurant onsite.
Heading down the valley on the Route des Gaillands is La Chaumiere Mountain Lodge whose 25 Scandinavian style rooms all have fantastic views of either Mont Blanc or the Aiguilles Rouges. Popular with mountaineers and with a traditional Savoyard feel, La Chaumiere is a family run hotel with a sporty and relaxed ambience.
Hostels - budget Chamonix accommodation
At the lower end of the market, Chamonix has several friendly hostel-style hotels where the chances are you'll be mixing with like-minded people looking for ski or après ski partners. A popular hostel spot in Chamonix is the Ski Station Chalet Refuge which is well located near the Brévent lift, only 5 minutes walk from central Chamonix, and has free wifi on site. Finally there is the Chalet Gîte Michel Fagot in Les Houches which is located just 300 metres from the Bellevue cable car.